I’ve got 17 of these going lol. Best cultivar I’ve had so far. Great genetics and vigorous plant.
Plant has to become sexually mature or ready to flower before you can tell. Generally; male plants produce pollen before females show sex. They also tend to be bigger and more vigorous so gotta grow em until you can tell.
Personally I prefer soilless (Promix HP) and synthetic nutrients. I’m running all of these on Jack’s 3-2-1 in autopots, ebb/flow tray and top-watering (3 different processes lol). I believe a media grower in coco or peat can far exceed yields in soil.
You grow out a regular female plant (as opposed to feminized) and you are going to be amazed at how vigorous the plant is. They’re like a feminized plant on steroids lol.
I have a 3x3 tent in a walk in closet. Currently growing in FFOF and using FF liquid nutrients. I bought the gallon sizes thinking I’d use them for a while. I’ve decided to use this stuff up in the vegetable garden.
After two grows and the appeal of dry nutrients, I broke down and bought Lotus Nutrients.
I’m redoing my basement and I’m going to build a grow room. With this an autopot set up.
I’m out of town a lot and this will ease the workload for my wife.
I’m thinking of mixing my remaining FFOF with perlite and maybe some coco during this last grow in the closet. First to see how the Lotus nutrients do. Secondly, to get used to the feel of coco and perlite. Thoughts?
What are the benefits of coco and perlite vs Promix HP?
Lastly, So to be clear, I’ll veg until I can tell sex and then initiate flowering?
Up to you when you initiate flower but plant won’t respond until sexually mature.
This will happen sometime after about 6 weeks.
I wouldn’t add more than 10% perlite as you are diluting the soil. FF is pretty well engineered.
Coco or Promix alone require daily watering. Autopots obviate the necessity of doing that.
Either one does a fine job. You do have to amend coco with cal mag as it sequesters both. Flushing periodically is also a good idea. PH is in hydro range. Retains more water than (Promix HP). Is a renewable resource, unlike peat (if that matters to you).
Promix HP is ‘looser’ or ‘airier’ IMO to coco which is beneficial to cannabis roots. PH is intermediate between hydro and soil at 6.0. Fossil resource. Cal mag not necessary unless plant is hungry for it. Way more expensive than coco.
There are some cool automatic watering devices that could do the whole job for you: just have to maintain the rez. I have one somewhere I’ve never taken out of the box haha. All of those require electricity for timer and pump while Autopots are passive gravity-fed.
Oh and just make sure when you go to soak it, if your water has a lot of chlorine in it, let it set out so some of that will gas off. You don’t really have to do it with the water you rehydrate with, but I would do it with the water you soak with.
I go triple strength on the CalMag when buffering, and let it soak for a full day. Then rinse in a colander to get the fine particles (pith) out. It’s a bit of a pain. Then I mix with perlite 70/30 coir to perlite by volume.